Leah Davis, the new curator of the Clawson Historical Museum, poses with the building’s sign Sept. 3.

Leah Davis, the new curator of the Clawson Historical Museum, poses with the building’s sign Sept. 3.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Clawson Historical Museum welcomes new curator

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published September 17, 2019

 The  Clawson  Historical Museum is open each Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the museum is open Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.

The Clawson Historical Museum is open each Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the museum is open Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Leah  Davis, who  recently accepted the position of curator of  the Clawson Historical  Museum, sits  inside the  museum Sept. 3.

Leah Davis, who recently accepted the position of curator of the Clawson Historical Museum, sits inside the museum Sept. 3.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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CLAWSON — Visitors to the Clawson Historical Museum will see a friendly new face when they walk into the building.

Leah Davis, of Troy, recently accepted the part-time position of museum curator.

Her first task was to plan an open house for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, to celebrate the historical house’s centennial anniversary. Built in 1919, it originally belonged to Oswald and Deborah Fisher.

“This offers a wonderful opportunity for community members to tour the museum and meet the new curator,” Clawson Historical Commission Secretary Helen Beamer said. “We’re really excited to have her.”

Beamer said the commission went through a number of resumes looking for just the right kind of person, and Davis fit the bill.

“She has some good ideas. She understands the legacy we have and is eager to build on that, and maybe bring some things into the 21st century in terms of social media,” she said.

Davis graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She also worked at the WSU Anthropology Museum for two years.

She said her interest in history began as a child.

“It started with ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ Indiana Jones, Greenfield Village and Victorian-style clothing and homes,” Davis said. “I loved walking into museums and being able to experience the tangible leftovers of history, the items that my ancestors would have used to complete daily tasks.”

She said she is excited to take over the role of museum curator, and prior to seeing the job listing, she had never been inside the museum.

“It’s really cool because it’s not just a museum where you’re looking at all the displays of items and staring at little plaques,” Davis said. “It’s more immersive — you’re walking into the 1920s, essentially.”

The museum is owned by the city of Clawson and operates under the direction of the curator and the Clawson Historical Commission. It features furnishings, household objects, toys and other artifacts from the 1920s. An extensive collection of photographs and other documents are also available for research.

The Clawson Historical Museum is located at 41 Fisher Court, north of 14 Mile Road.

For more information, call the museum at (248) 588-9169 or visit www.cityofclawson.com.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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